Major chance at Chepstow
Ian Ogg takes a look at Sunday's action from Chepstow and Fontwell Park and has an each-way fancy at a double figure price.
Former jockey Henry Oliver has a good record at Chepstow
Chalonnial could 'only' finish third in the Grade One Tolworth Novices' Hurdle on Saturday but it was by no means a bad performance and the form of his Bangor win could be enhanced on Sunday.
Burrows Park was made favourite to beat Harry Fry's runner in Wales but could only finish third, beaten a little over six lengths, but that form looks perfectly respectable as he's switched to handicap company at Fontwell with a rating of 117.
One of the main problems in assessing the race is that Dr Newland introduces a French import in Caid Du Lin so the market could prove interesting as it did for another French purchase who scored for the yard at Wincanton on Saturday.
You can also throw in Walt who showed ability for Nicky Henderson and ran well on his handicap debut at Ascot last time, his second start for Neil Mulholland.
All three of those trainers come together in some form in the marvellously named Spode, Mole, Twiglet & Dibbler Handicap Chase which follows.
Newland doesn't have a runner but his Greyed A (more on him later) beat the Williams trained Drumviredy on her penultimate start while Mulholland saddles Bishops Court who gained a first win in 14 attempts following the fitting of cheekpieces.
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It may be onwards and upwards now but top-weight Flaming Charmer comes into the race in good form and Mr Muddle may well benefit from a change of scenery that has seen him switched to Gary Moore's yard.
I keep coming back to Drumviredy though and it's interesting that Williams saw fit to send the mare chasing after her good run against Greyed A. She only appeared to fail at Towcester due to a lack of stamina and that shouldn't be a problem at this venue.
Greyed A appears to have a decent chance of following up that Lingfield success on the card at Chepstow but he obviously hasn't been missed in the market and I'm keen to take a chance on one against him at a double figure price.
Henry Oliver has a couple of decent chances at a track where he boasts a respectable 18% strike rate and a healthy level stakes profit.
There's a bit of guessing involved as Major Hindrance makes his handicap debut in the 18 runner Bathwick Tyres Handicap Hurdle but there are enough signs to believe he's capable of a decent run.
The seven-year-old has had three runs in maiden and novice hurdles and all three races have been won by decent sorts. He was 34 lengths behind Geordie Des Champs at this track on debut and over 40 lengths behind Sumnkindofking at Southwell but the second and third from that race have gone on to win and he finished in front of a decent yardstick rated 125 at Uttoxeter.
The handicapper, then, has given him every chance with an initial mark of 110 and this half-brother to Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude could well relish this step up in trip and first encounter with testing ground.
Jeremiah McGrath takes the ride and is a decent booking for the yard with eight winners from 31 rides.
It's going to be hard work at Chepstow but that shouldn't bother either Albert d'Olivate or Ballyrock who finished first and second – separated by a head – in a handicap hurdle run on heavy ground at the track 10 months ago.
They meet over fences this time with Ballyrock enjoying a little swing in the weights in the Bathwick Tyres Newport Chase, a contest that has fallen to a couple of useful performers in Racing Pulse and Cogry in the last two seasons.
Albert d'Olivate took a backwards step at Uttoxeter after making a promising chase debut but two of his trainer's last three runners have won and he could easily bounce back given heavy Chepstow ground holds no fears for him but he is by no means the only runner in the field who will be at home on the conditions.
Of more interest is Lovenormoney in the preceding Bathwick Tyres Novices' Hurdle (Div 2) who can make the most of the weight that he receives from Fly Camp.
Lovenormoney ran a nice race on his Rules debut at Ascot and Warren Greatrex's six-year-old, a soft ground winner between the flags in Ireland, can be expected to improve for the run and the experience.
Lambourn rival Fly Camp was found a weak race in which to open his account and while he may be no mean performer himself, he could struggle to concede the weight under these conditions.
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